Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,123 Reviews
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Photo of DallasK
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no head or lacing. Nose is of chocolate as the bottle suggests. Taste is roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slight bitterness. Low/moderatw carbonation. At 8.99 a sixer Obsidian is a value stout.

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Photo of matcris
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a finger+ of chocolate head that sticks around and leaves a fair lacing down the glass. Nice full deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy, and dark bread crust in the flavor as well as the aroma. A bit creamy up front and then it dries up up on the finish. I need another swig. Slightly below average carbonation, thick and rich body, like a founders porter. Not quite to the charred taste but quite dark roasted. Just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a luscious pitch black color with a creamy tan head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass, a very inviting looking stout.

S: Open with aromas of dark chocolate, and a strong bitter espresso flavor, some dark roasted malt, and char follow in the background. Very little hop presence. A slight bit of fruit in the nose.

T: A strong dark chocolate, with a strong bitter espresso flavor, dark roasted malt, and char follow in the background. A slight bit of fruit, and very little hop presence. The bitterness is slightly strong on this beer but other than that it is a really nice stout.

F: Very smooth and creamy and full body.

O: The bitterness in the taste is a little strong compared to the rest of the beer, but otherwise this is a fantastic stout.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a very nice 1" tan foam and tons of lacing. Smells wonderful, full of chocolate, malt, and coffee. The taste is smooth and balanced, full on chocolate, malty coffee, and a little toasted nut. There is a mild alcohol finish with some bitter chocolate flavors. Overall a very nice finish and excellent holiday beer.

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Photo of whynot44
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brew with a nice off-white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is dark roasted malt, mild coffee, hints of chocolate and slightly sweet.

The taste is along the same lines, lots of rich roasted malt up front, a bit of coffee and chocolate with some fruitiness - raisins or plums, with a touch of earthy hops, complex but nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth, easy to drink.

Altogether, this is a very enjoyable stout, not too heavy but very tasty.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

dark pour with a tanish brown head, good retention and lacing. notes of earthy bitter chocolate, leather, dark roasty malts, hint of espresso and char, hops providing a nice level of bitterness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This most excellent stout pours
a deep coal black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides
to a thick layer with excellent lacing. Nose of subtle cocoa, moderate coffee,
roasted malts, and subtle cream laden char. Flavors exceed the nose with
rich coffee and bakers chocolate with subtle char, light cream on the rear
mingling with subtle herbal hops for balance, and light notes of dark fruit
on the back. Very nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, lightly creamy, and loaded
with dark roasted malt notes. Overall a sensational stout from an excellent brewery.


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Photo of kitch
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 30th January 2017, poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a big frothy three fingered mocha brown head with pretty good retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Light roasty, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.

Taste: Sweet-ish milk chocolate, a touch of dark fruit with a bitter roast coffee bean and espresso finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall: An easy to drink Stout with nice chocolate and coffee notes.

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Photo of CypherAnt
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice and dark with a tan head. Nose a bit muted and Boozy. Tastes great, but feel is a bit too carbonated for me. I enjoyed it and will buy again.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Solid black body with a creamy tan head. Good retention at lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Much like the nose, lots of chocolate and dark coffee flavors. Also some fruity sweetness in the finish.

F: Moderate carbonation and moderate to full bodied. Lingering slightly bitter coffee taste in the finish.

O: Very good. Fairly light bodied for how strong the taste is, which makes it pair great with dessert in my opinion. At only 6.4 percent, this will be a great dessert beer when I don't want the super high ABV of most imperial stouts.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 3/26/17. Guinness pint.

A: pours a completely opaque black that light barely gets through on the edges when held to the light. Thick 3-finger frothy head, light tan in color. Impeccable lacing. Good retention.

S: sweet, milk chocolate and roasted malt. A little nutty.

T: lighter, sweeter arrival than expected. Sweet and malty mid-palate. Light bitterness at the end, mainly from the roasted malt. This is a sweet stout, for sure. Founders porter was more bitter and roasted. Still, the taste grows on you.

M: lighter side of heavy. Mild carbonation. Slick, but not motor oil as some stouts can be. Enough bittering to finish cleanly.

O: a very good dessert beer. A touch on the sweet side. Not overpowering as stouts go, but very clean and balanced. Handsome to look at and smells great, but the taste leaves me wanting something else. A great baseline stout. Worth revisiting.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.40% This American Stout pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. Kinda puts you in the mind set of coffee There is a decent amount of lacing to this stout, it sticks to the side of the glass nice. The smell is rich with roasted grians and malts, and some nice earthly hops. There is also a nice mild sweetness to the smell of this brew. Obsidian Stout has the look and smell of most American Stout on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with rich deep flavors. You first pick up on roasted grians and malts. Then a nice mild bitter sweetness of hops. There is a lot going on in Obsidian Stout . I like how smooth this brew goes down, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.40% ABV in this brew. Obsidian Stout has a real super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of this American Stout is Bold, Rich, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Obsidian Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this American Stout again. Deschutes Brewery, did a super nice job this brew. If you are a fan of stouts look this brew up.

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Photo of ribby
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is deep reddish brown, almost impenetrable to light. The head is thick and creamy, and fades nicely. The smell is somewhat mild, reflecting the relative maltiness of this stout. The overall flavor is just a bit bitter. The finish is more chocolate than anything else, with some hops and sweet malt. The feel is as good as you would expect from the look of the head. Very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick brown, and spongey, with solid lacing, and a body none more black.

I smell dark chocolate, raspberries, black licorice, light oak/tobacco, and a slight earthiness.

Tastes like chocolate pudding, coffee, a bit of dark rum, black licorice, and the aforementioned earthiness.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery with a 4.75. Nearly perfect...

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Photo of 101NEOGEO
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Amguerra305
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a touch thin for something that is supposed to be a stout. Cola brown with a Khaki head that lingers throughout. Smell is roasted malts with not much nuance going on. Perhaps it is still a touch too cold and needs to open up. Taste is coffee on the front end with a dark finish. Very tasty. Feel is light for the style. Overall this has the body of a porter with the more pronounced roast flavor of a stout. It really should be called a porter but I rated on what it is supposed to be and it falls a tad short for a stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking a lot of Evil Twins big stouts lately, so today, when I have been drinking beer (no ales) I thought I'd get my fix with a lighter one. This fits the bill and meets the expectations.

It's dark and foamy to start, with a beautiful malty aroma. The taste doesn't disappoint, it brings all kinds of sweet overtones that satisfy.

This stout finishes stronger than you might expect, leaving a solid aftertaste.

This stout is a great value and recommended for when you want to see what can be done without jacking the ABV up to 10-12.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz nonic.

Opaque bistre body with a buff head forming a lasting collar and a delicate surface slick. Sandy lacing, average retention.

Aroma is like malt roasting in the forest. Hints of tobacco, hazelnuts, and brown sugar round out the nose.

Dark, brooding, and dry palate entry with a tantalizing malt profile (the black patent and roasted barley are forward but you can discern lighter/sweeter varieties as well - a lovely mix of grains). Clean earthy bitterness from the hops with a vanishing hint of fruit as well. Hints of cocoa nibs, coffee, tree bark, and over-steeped African black tea in the finish. I don't know if it is the water or more likely their house yeast, but there is a distinctive unifying quality to the flavor that makes this simply unmistakable as being crafted by Deschutes.

Medium-light bodied with zesty carbonation (almost a little too much for the style).

One of the first beers I ever had (I was born in Bend, though I was living in a different state when the brewery opened) - making it difficult to rate since it's sort of the equivalent of Proust's madeleine for me. Even if your glass isn't full of memories when you pour one of these, I can safely say it remains one of the defining recipes for the style and should appeal to anyone who enjoys a classic, middle-weight, dry, American stout.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Beautiful looking beer. Pitch black with a light creamy brown head.

Smell: I definitely notice dark chocolate right away. There is plenty of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma too, so it's balanced very nicely. I would keep my nose in the glass all night if this brew didn't taste so dang good.

Taste: Definitely not an unexpected taste from the smell of the beer. Right away there's a great sweet chocolate flavor. Then it turns to a slightly more bitter roasted malt taste. The aftertaste left is a nice roasted coffee flavor. It's a really delicious beer. Although, there is also a bit of a twang in the taste near the middle of each sip, feels almost like an alcohol sting, but it's not overbearing at all.

Feel: An awesome balance of light and creamy. It feels creamy on the palate, and yet it's very drinkable and doesn't feel too heavy. Mild carbonation in there as well. Definitely finishes a bit dry, especially with those coffee flavors at the end. As mentioned with the taste, there is a bit of a sting in the fell as well.

Overall: I rarely think of any beer as perfect, but I definitely think that this stout is as close as it gets to perfect. It pours beautifully, offers an enticing aroma, follows up with delicious flavors, and is as drinkable as a stout needs to be.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold six pack, best by 1/2017. Outstanding stout. Love the fact that you can get this fairly easily if you're in the distribution geography. Motor oil pour with a dimpled, tan head that lingers for awhile. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee grounds. Taste is on point - bakers chocolate, dark roast coffee grounds, a little charred wood, tons of roasted malt and a fair amount of bitter hops. Moderate carbonation, long bitter finish that lingers and ends dry. Easy to drink, easier to enjoy. What a treat.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artwork: That's one fantastic label. Great artwork and fairly fitting for a beer of this caliber. A true classic.

Appearance: Ink black, viscous-looking and with a huge tan head.

Nose: Lots of coffee upfront, strong roastiness too. Burnt bread and some dark fruit.

Taste: Fairly bitter. You can taste some coffee and some burnt starch.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and with carbonation that bites. Interesting combo.

Overall: A very nice Stout. I perhaps drank it a little colder than I should have so I may have missed some of its true complexity.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a huge tan head on top that sticks around for a while. The aroma is of roasted malts, with stone fruit and coffee in the background.

Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, dark bread, and a subtle hop bitterness. The beer is full-bodied, but maybe only medium-bodied considering it's style. They made it very easy drinking without sacrificing too much flavor.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deschutes' brew pub in Portland, OR

L Very dark, small perfect head probably thanks to the nitro

S Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt...

T Amazing followed by dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, perfect
amount of hops comes through at the end.

F Nice and creamy on the palate, yet light in the belly

O Amazing!!!

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Photo of degueulasse
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This dark brown beer pours into the glass thicker than most, leaving a head that looks as thick as one on a root beer float. The label claims that chocolate and coffee notes can be smelled and tasted, and it is not wrong—the richness and slight bitterness of very dark chocolate and black coffee comes through here, but there is something a bit sweeter that hits the back of the tongue. The taste is strong but never overpowering, making this optimal to drink with a meal or by itself. As delicious as it is beautiful, this beer is one that I will certainly be returning to.

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Photo of GregHansen
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a big stout fan but I have to say that this beer changed my mind. I didn't notice the taste of chocolate as much as the taste of coffee, but the taste of coffee lingered a few seconds after taking a drink. I really enjoy this beer.

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